Thursday, October 30, 2014


Win an UV digital HD download code for The Blair Witch Project!

Relive the horror classic! THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT follows a trio of filmmakers on what should have been a simple walk in the woods, but quickly becomes an excursion into heart-stopping terror. 

Or dive into a new horror experience - from the director of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT comes EXISTS, for five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway - a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road.

What’s a Halloween party without some creepy background visuals? Download the films and be prepped for this month’s creepy festivities. 

#LionsgateHorror 

THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT - 
http://www.vudu.com/movies/?CID=partner&SCID=LG&KWID=Blairwitch#!content/7045

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Blair-Witch-Project/180539511999269

EXISTS - 
http://www.vudu.com/movies/?CID=partner&SCID=LG&KWID=Exists#!content/576219

https://www.facebook.com/existsmovie

CABIN IN THE WOODS - 
http://www.vudu.com/movies/?CID=partner&SCID=LG&KWID=Cabininthewoods#!content/319687

CABIN FEVER - 
http://www.vudu.com/movies/?CID=partner&SCID=LG&KWID=Cabinfever#!content/6629

THE DESCENT - 
http://www.vudu.com/movies/?CID=partner&SCID=LG&KWID=Descent#!content/6963 

Scroll through all the GIFs from the films and be sure to watch each trailer to see which film would be a good creepy watch this season!



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2. Tweet using #LionsgateHorror and @Geekwithmak your favorite horror movie from the list of Lionsgate horror films above.
3. Comment below your Twitter handle and full real name along with the favorite horror movie that you chose.
4. Click on Facebook button in the #LionsgateHorror app to share the contest with your friends and family.

Fine Print:
Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Digital Download code for The Blair Witch Project via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.  Contest ends November 10th, 2014 Midnight ET.




Nightcrawler

Releases October 31st, 2014
1 hr 57 mins
Rated R
Drama

Trailer:


Director:

Dan Gilroy

Cast;

Jake Gyllenhaal as Louis Bloom
Rene Russo as Nina
Riz Ahmed as Rick
Bill Paxton as Joe Loder
Ann Cusack as Linda
Kevin Rahm as Frank Kruse
Kathleen York as Jackie
Eric Lange as Cameraman
Jonny Coyne as Pawn Shop Owner
Michael Hyatt as Detective Fronteiri
Kiff VandenHeuvel as Editor

Review by Stephen M.



Nightcrawler starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Louis Bloom is a riveting drama, as Jake's character does whatever it takes to succeed in his fledgling video news production company.  Louis Bloom starts off in the story as a thief trying to make a living however he can.  When he happens upon an accident and sees a video news team in action, he decides to pursue this route.



What makes Nightcrawler great is Jake Gyllenhaal who absolutely nails the role as the manipulative and cunning Louis Bloom.  Based on appearances, Louis doesn't appear threatening, nor is he.  Much more a man of words, the unassuming Louis tells people exactly what he wants and carefully explains why they will give it to him regardless if they want to or not.  It in those particular scenes such as Louis negotiating with television station manager Nina (Rene Russo) or with his intern Rick (Riz Ahmed) that captivates you with his character.



There's little to dislike in the movie.  The beginning is a bit slow as Louis transitions from his old "job" to cameraman.  Some of his conversations with Rick seemed a bit repetitive even if it is to drive home the point of Louis's controlling manipulative personality.  As intelligent as the online self-taught Louis is, parts of the movie are just unbelievable as far as what he gets away with.



Overall, I would recommend the film.  It is rare to see this type of character as the lead, a person that you admire for his abilities but yet loathe for his lack of morals.  The ability of the filmmaker to instill humor into this dark drama in the little things that Louis does is impressive.  The movie does a great job in showing how one can succeed if you put your mind to it.  It also shows how expendable interns can be.

Rating: 

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Plastic
Released September 26th, 2014 (Limited), DVD on October 28th, 2014
Rated R
1 hr 42 mins
Action/Adventure, Comedy

Trailer:

Director: Julian Gilbey

Cast:
Ed Speleers as Sam
Will Poulter as Fordy
Alfie Allen as Yatesey
Sebastian De Souza as Rafa
Emma Rigby as Frankie
Thomas Kretschmann as Marcel
Graham McTavish as Steve Dawson
Mem Ferda as Tariq
Michael Bisping as Kasper
Charley Palmer Rothwell as Ralph (as Charley Palmer Merkell)
Terry Stone as Clarkson
Malese Jow as Beth
Ashley Chin as Dion
Adam Fogerty as Spencer

David Foxxe as Harry

Review by Danale H.

Plastic is a story about identity theft and fraud. How many of these have we seen? Well, this one is about four college criminals, Sam (Ed Speleers), Fordy (Will Poulter), Yatesey (Alfie Allen) and Rafa (Sebastian De Souza), who have been making a living off of buying and selling various merchandise they've purchased with stolen credit cards. After they rob a man, they are forced to come up with two million dollars in two weeks, or face the consequences of inadvertently stealing from a crime boss. And this is where everything seems to devolve. I should mention it is based on a true story.


While watching this film, 'Catch Me If You Can' came to mind. The difference is, 'Catch Me If You Can' was intriguing. Not to discredit this film, however, it was a movie you could watch to pass the time, but sloppy as it often digressed. The details of the events in the movie are not clear, they seem to be brushed over, falling short on fully detailing how the biggest jewelry heist was pulled off. Also, I would have liked to have seen why and how the four main characters began their criminal activities. At times, the film seemed to focus more on their relationships or having a good time, instead of focusing on getting out of the situation they were in. The way it is shown in the movie seems unbelievable.


I give credit to the cast as they did play their parts well, making the most of their sketchy roles. Also, the movie flowed from scene to scene with a pretty good story line. I would recommend this film to older teens, as they would probably be able to appreciate it.

Rating: 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014


Fury (2014)
Releases October 17, 2014
2 hr 14 mins
Rated R
Action/Adventure, Drama

Trailer:

Director: David Ayer

Cast:
Brad Pitt as US Army Staff Sergeant Don "Wardaddy" Collier
Shia LaBeouf as Boyd "Bible" Swan
Logan Lerman as Norman "Cobb" Ellison
Michael Peña as US Army Cpl. Trini "Gordo" Garcia
Jon Bernthal as Grady "Coon-Ass" Travis
Jason Isaacs as US Army Cpt. Waggoner
Scott Eastwood as Sergeant Miles
Xavier Samuel as Lt. Parker
Brad William Henke as Sergeant Davis
Eugenia Kuzmina as Hilda Meier
Kevin Vance as Sgt. Peterson
Branko Tomović
Iain Garrett as Sgt. Foster
Stella Stocker as Edith

Review by Stephen M.

Fury while no Brand of Brothers, is a great look into and around a tank heavily involved in the Allies push into Nazi Germany.  The tank, named Fury is led by Sargent Don Collier (Brad Pitt) who treats his men like family and his tank as their home.  The interaction between the men and the battle scenes makes this a must see for fans of war movies.



In a lot of other World War 2 films and television shows I have seen, the tank while featured does not play as pivotal a role in a movie as it does here.  The tank battle scenes and the hazards they face as far as opposition is intense as the guys face ambushes, a tiger tank and incredible odds.  Besides the battle scenes, seeing what young men, some of them children thrown to the wolves with no experience against their will snaps us into reality how brutal war can be.  Logan Lerman as Norman "Cobb" Ellison, the rookie of Fury portrays this well and how war can change someone.




The other actors and actresses all does well in the film including Brad Pitt as the lead, US Army Staff Sergeant Don "Wardaddy" Collier.  Michael Peña as US Army Cpl. Trini "Gordo" Garcia, while an interesting character, seems out of place seeing as how the 40s were not that race tolerant of a decade.  The biggest problem with the film is the long downtime between battle scenes that drags out unnecessarily.  For example when Gordo talks about having to shoot horses during an impromptu meal at a town the men had cleared out.




Overall, I would recommend the film. This type of film needs to be seen on the big screen.  As I mentioned, some parts of the film does drag, but overall, with solid acting by a talented cast including Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Peña and Logan Lerman, that can be overlooked.  The film is not for the squeamish given that it is a very graphic war film including head shots, decapitations and hanging bodies.  The final battle scene seems a bit unreal, but enjoyable to watch anyway.  Give the film a try but not after a long day at work.


Rating: 

Thursday, October 16, 2014


About The Devil's Hand
Thinking about having a creepy Halloween get-together? Download The Devil’s Hand and throw a "Prophecy Party," as well. Invite 5 friends over and follow the instructions to see who will survive!

Download The Devil’s Hand on iTunes here - http://bit.ly/THD_iTunes 
Download The Prophecy Party Player’s Guide here - http://bit.ly/THDPP

The Devil’s Hand is now available on iTunes, VOD and in select theaters.

When six girls are born on the sixth day of the sixth month to different mothers in the small, devout village of New Bethlehem an ancient prophecy is set in motion - on their 18th birthday one of the girls will become the Devil's Hand. As the day approaches and one by one the young women begin to disappear, terror overtakes the quiet community and those remaining girls band together to uncover who or what is behind these treacherous acts.

Starring Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Rufus Sewell (Dark City), and Adelaide Kane (The CW’s Reign), it will give you thrills and chills this October!



Prize: 1 $15 iTunes Gift Card

How to enter:
1. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
2. Download the "Prophecy Party Players Guide" above to use while watching the film with your friends.
3. Tweet using the  #TheDevilsHand and #ProphecyParty hashtags @Geekwithmak your favorite part of The Devils Hand movie.

Fine Print:
Contest ends October 31st, 2014, midnight ET.  Each household is only eligible to win One (1) $15 iTunes Giftcard via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Sunday, October 12, 2014


By Stephen M. (Contributions by Tyrell T.)

Last day of New York Comic Con today and as always it is Kids Day. It was a half day for me with my daughter and nephews as we walked around.  The event had many things for the kids to participate and enjoy, including free face painting today.  The kids enjoyed the many freebies including children books, posters and comic books as well as having fun in the How to Train your Dragon booth and Nickelodeon voice over booth.  Hope you enjoyed our photos and look forward to sharing more with you in a few days.




  



(Photos below contributed by Tyrell T.)